I'm progressively reviewing all the caravan parks we stayed at over the past 3 months Perth to Darwin, down the Red Centre then across the Nullabor to home. Wife and I retired and semi retired age 60 approx.
We were told by other vanners not to miss Kings Canyon when heading to Uluru. Definitely worth the trip and the rim walk is a must do. Allow 3 hours minimum.
We drove from Alice Springs and checked in mid afternoon. (Beware the broken edges of the road from the Uluru trunofff into Kings - the sealed road is narrow and some of the edge dropoffs are pretty bad on tyres and suspension if you have to slide off the blacktop to let a road train or wide van pass safely)
Greeted by a friendly guy - probably a working backpacker by the sound of his accent. Directed us to our bay - when we got there someone was already in it, so drove back to reception. A member of staff there very kindly upgraded us to one of the ensuite caravan spots. We found out later these sites are $150 p/n rather than the standard $50. A nice bit of luxury to have own shower and toilet right next to the van. These ensuite sites are for the most part not used and not hard to understand why given this cost. Pretty much every other park we went to with ensuites only added on $10 or so
But the large sites were right on the edge of a grassed area which backed onto the vast bush stretching into the endless ranges and distances. Was great sitting out there with a wine watching all the wildlife, birds. A dingo or two slinking by. Signs everywhere and chained down bins to stop them scavenging which is good. But didn't like a really big and mangy mongrel cross breed wild dog which trotted past the van as if it owned the place. These feral dogs don't belong there and clearly don't cope. We saw another one, a much smaller breed which had a lame foot, and hobbling around .
A quick bullet would be humane. Just tell the visitors to look the other way.
There's a good bar and restaurant there - of course with the expected outback prices - and good live music on the nights we were there.
Highly recommend to stay here and for the complainers - remember you're in the absolute middle of nowhere - expectations need to be realistic and just enjoy the wilderness.
Where is the resort?
bonesta199on 03/08/2017 06:43
Not what we expected. Shared rooms had up to 5 beds in the one room. Very basic amenities, but the location and scenery were stunning. Had a great meal in the bistro followed by dancing. No phone or internet service either.
Not a Resort
Suzanne Jon 16/07/2017 13:51
Overpriced, filthy amenities, poor food handling standards in the bistro, reception staff unfriendly, useless expensive internet, broken bbq's & washing machines, could be so easily improved with little effort, better to find a free bush camp.
Cabin stay at Kings Canyon
fitzgeraldsueson 13/07/2017 23:41
The room is VERY basic, you basically get a bed. This is fine for a one or two night stay. There is a kettle and some coffee/sugar, but no cups. It is expensive for just a room, but unless you can camp the only other option is a VERY expensive hotel room. We had a family of 5 in the room (yes just a medium size room) which was fine for the 2 nights, as you are there to climb the canyon so out most of the day. BE AWARE you have to buy a "kitchen pack" if you want to cook or drink anything, it is only $10, but need a $50 deposit, and it is basic, and the camp kitchen is basic -we were told this is because items get stolen all the time so you have to pay. The reception staff aren't that helpful and most aren't locals, just passing through backpackers earning some extra cash. Toilets and laundry could be cleaner, but hard to keep clean I think with all the red dusk. Petrol was $2.09 a litre, $8-$10 for a stubbie of beer, and everything is expensive in the store, so bring everything food and drink you need with you. Fine for one or two nights. Dingoes wander through the park and lots of birds, and the sunset view platform is great, and the kids loved the open spaces.
Peace, tranquility, beauty & comfort
donnarobertson 11/07/2017 23:14
This camp ground is one of the prettiest I've visited. Surrounded by stunning scenery, easy quick access to facilities, & welcoming food & beverage options. Ordered a pizza from the bar, close to one of the best I've eaten, lots of topping full of flavor. Be Dingo aware & you'll have a truly lovely experience